Mentors on the Fly

MAWA has a roster of artists who are available on an hourly basis to help you with grant aps, critical feedback, or advice on a project. Rates are $40/hour. If you need some short-term mentoring, contact the mentor of your choice directly and let the mentoring begin!

  • Azul

    Azul, ( Yolanda Paulsen Quintana )  is a multi- disciplined artist working in sculpture, mostly with bronze using the traditional lost wax method.  She has given art workshops in the Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México and has been invited to give advice to the students of Monumental art classes at the National School of Art La Esmeralda, in Mexico City. In 2009,  she had a residency at the Banff Centre, where she meet her future husband from Winnipeg. In 2011, she taught a Master Class in Sculptural Issues at MAWA as well as being the keynote speaker at the Symposium in “Sculptural Vocabularies” at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She has exhibited her work in her home country of México and internationally. Azul can share the experience she has with sculpture and can provide feedback on work in processs to artists at any level.  Contact by Instagram @ypaulsen_azul or by email  at

  • Bev Pike

    Bev Pike’s practice encompasses painting, artist-books, feminist satire and video.  Her large-scale paintings have shown across Canada and are in numerous private and public collections.  Her artist books are in many international collections. Pike has written hundreds of funding and exhibition submissions for individuals, programs and organizations in Canada.  She offers strategic advice on compiling a dossier, writing and editing of artist statements/proposals, artist talk advice, and experience in art scene ethics and activist politics. She can also provide studio visits and aesthetic critique. Pike is a trained archivist and is willing to share advice on information management practices, as well as her historical/archival knowledge. Contact by phone at 204-284-0616.

  • Jo Poortenaar

    Jo Poortenaar is a gallery preparator and installation technician who has installed artwork at a variety of museums, galleries and artist-run centers in Winnipeg, including the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Plug in ICA and MAWA. Poortenaar is also working as an art handler for Palka Fine Art Services.  Hanging art is easier said than done. Have a tricky installation problem? Get advice from a pro! Contact by email at

  • Jordan Miller

    Jordan Miller is a professional artist living and working in Winnipeg. After graduating with a BFA (honours, 2002) from the University of Manitoba, she mentored artists through Creative MB (formerly known as ACI), Golden Prairie Arts Council, and her business, cre8ery gallery and studio. After establishing her first art gallery in 2002, she has been in the business for almost 20 years.  Jordan has shown in commercial galleries and art centres throughout Manitoba and Winnipeg. As well as being represented full time by Pulse Gallery, she is collected privately across Canada, the United States and in the public collection of the Province of Manitoba. As an art consultant, she specializes in commercial gallery art and sales, portfolio development, pricing your art, marketing your art, branding yourself as an artist and approaching galleries. As a visual artist, her practice focuses on abstract acrylic paintings, alcohol inks, mixed media and acrylic mono-prints. Over the years, she has acquired a wide knowledge of art supplies. Jordan can be reached by email at or by calling her office landline at 204-944-0809.

  • Leah Decter

    Leah Decter is an inter-media artist, writer and scholar whose practice integrates installation, video and other forms of media art, textiles, performance and socially engaged practices. She has mentored in Mawa’s Foundation Mentorship Program and at Video Pool, has taught at Queen’s University and has supervised MFA students since 2010. Her artwork has been exhibited, presented and screened widely in Canada and internationally. Her writing has been published in edited collections, academic journals and contemporary art publications. Leah can provide feedback to artists at any level on artwork, exhibition development and grant/proposal/statement writing, and can advise artists and organizations on the development/assessment of community/socially engaged projects.  Please contact by email at

  • Leesa Streifler

    Leesa Streifler received her BFA Honours from the U of M and her MFA from Hunter College in New York. She was a professor of painting and drawing and graduate studies in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Regina for three decades. Upon retirement in 2019, she returned to Winnipeg to pursue her art practice full time.

    Her focus is on feminist approaches to ideas and subject matter and all forms of art practice. She is interested in inter-species communication and ideas pertaining to corporeality including social reception of bodies and body dysmorphia. She is passionate about helping emerging artists with all forms of writing including artist statements, grant and grad school applications, direction of studio practice, artists of relevance, trouble-shooting, presentation of work for studio visits or shows, studio practice, and work-life balance. Her website can be viewed at and she can be reached at

  • Matea Radic

    Matea Radic is a visual artist and animator, living and working in Winnipeg, MB. She graduated from the School of Art in 2009 and has been exhibiting and working freelance ever since. Her area of expertise is in drawing and frame-by-frame animation. She can offer technical help with programs such as After Effects and Photoshop. She can also assist with realizing designs for promotional materials (posters, social media content. etc.) Please contact by email at   

  • Reva Stone

    Reva Stone works with emerging technologies to create computer-assisted installations. She has mentored through MAWA and has vast experience applying for exhibitions and managing an art career.  She can provide feedback on work in progress, pose pertinent questions and suggest directions to consider.  Contact by email at

  • Seema Goel

    Seema Goel draws on her dual background in art and science to focus on the relationship between humans and the natural world. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally, and includes socially engaged projects, sculpture and installation in an eclectic range of materials, from wool to photography. Goel can provide rigorous feedback on works-in-progress, critical writing and exhibition proposals. Contact by email at